The SMCCU has partnered with ZUKharareef Story Telling Club and Sheikha AlYazia bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan’s ZOWD Foundation for the First Annual New Fairytales & Fables from the UAE Writing Competition. Last November, the contest idea won in the heritage category of the ZU Innovation Awards, and is the brainchild of ZUKharareef Club President Noor Abdul Hamaid. The SMCCU has provided its expertise to the implementation strategy of the contest, and details of the competition and school registration can be found on our website at www.cultures.ae/index.php/writing-contest . The contest is meant to celebrate the art of storytelling within the Emirati local traditions and our participation and support in this cultural literacy project and reading initiative are part The Mohammed bin Rashid Global Initiatives, and the Year of Reading Project.
The concept of the contest is meant to connect our educational communities, celebrate Emirati heritage and culture, and contribute to HH Sheikh Mohammed’s efforts to encourage reading and writing in Arabic. Students will be asked to compose their own “fairytales and fables” less than 500 words, in Arabic or English, that reflect the 40 themes chosen by the contest organizers. These themes will focus on Emirati values and character traits, encourage these values and/ or discourage values and behaviors inconsistent with Emirati culture. The competition will be held for grades 7-12 with groupings in English for grades 7-9 and 10-12 and the same categories will apply in Arabic. Schools are required to host an internal competition and we encourage them to include all their grades in that process. Topics and themes will be announced on February 19th, 2016, the opening day of the contest and submission deadline is March 19th, 2016 which coincides with World Story Telling Day 2016.
Winners will have their story illustrated and published in a short story book.
“Aiisha and the Gaf Tree”, a collection of short stories written by students at Zayed University
The Emirates Fine Arts Society members have been busy this week reviewing the more than 550 pieces of artwork received from 53 schools across the UAE. This year we had entries from schools in Dubai as well as Abu Dhabi, Sharjah. Al Ain and Fujairah. Students were asked to depict their favorite historic site, and submit their works for a change to win a place in our 2016 Treasures of the UAE Art Competition Calendar. The calendar will feature 24 winners whose works will make up the 12 Gregorian and 12 Hijri months of the this Arabic/English calendar. This year our sponsor, Yas Water World, Nestle, and Explorer have generously provided their support through prizes worth up to 1000AED for the winners. Our Judges, Khalil Abdul Wahid, Curator of the 30th Annual exhibition of Emirates fine Arts Society 2012 at Sharjah Art Museum and Visual Arts Manager at The Culture and Arts Authority, Muna AbdulQader AlAli, Member of the Emirates Fine Arts Society and Nasir A. Nasralla, Member of the Emirates Fine Arts Society generously donated their time to choosing our winners. All winners and their families will be honored at the SMCCU’s National Day Celebrations in the Al Fahidi Historic District of Dubai on December 2nd,2015. We’ve put together a Participants book, which can be viewed below.
Following being announced the Winner of a BRONZE Stevie Award in the International Business Awards for favorite Company in the Non-Profit Category, the SMCCU went on to WIN this years People’s Choice Award for Favorite Company in the Non-Profit Category. More than 30,000 votes were cast by people worldwide during three weeks in August-September. Every organization that was honored in the 34 industry-specific Company of the Year categories was included in the people’s choice competition. Among the list of winners were ActionCOACH, Delta Air Lines, FreeConferenceCall.com,LifeLock, Samsung Electronics, Shinhan Card, Unilever, and Al Ghadeer Water Factory LLC, a UAE based company.
On receiving the award our General Manager Nasif Kayed commented, “The time has come for such an organisation to be recognised as a pioneer in building bridges of cultural understanding. In a city such as Dubai, with more than 200 nationalities, visiting, living and working together, our organisation has been able to focus on promoting a peaceful co-existence, in honor of the vision of the great leaders of this nation. We thank all of our supporters and welcome all to join in these efforts.” Whether you can volunteer a talent or simply invite your family, friends and co-workers to one of our programmes, our centre is keen to continue the mission which began almost 15 years ago, “Open Doors. Open Minds. ”